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While browsing through a Meta Stack Exchange post about unregistered users not being allowed to post questions on some SE sites, I noticed that Arqade wasn't listed among those requiring registration. However, upon testing in a private browser window, I confirmed that Arqade does, in fact, require registration to ask or answer questions.

Intrigued by this discrepancy, I searched for "registration" on Arqade Meta and stumbled upon an old post from July 2012: Do one-rep unregistered users contribute positively to Arqade? This post and its answers mention that unregistered users were able to ask or answer questions on Arqade.

It seems that at some point between July 2012 and now, Arqade has changed its policy and implemented a registration requirement for asking or answering questions. This got me curious about a couple of things:

  1. When exactly did this change take place?
  2. What were the reasons behind implementing this registration requirement?
  3. Who implemented this policy change on behalf of the Arqade community?
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    After some work with SEDE, I can say with fairly high confidence that the most recent (undeleted) post by an unregistered user occurred on 2022-02-26. Not sure what changed.
    – Unionhawk Mod
    Commented May 24 at 4:42
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    I've slapped the status-review tag on this, and I also reached out to the CM team directly, so hopefully we'll get an official answer to this soon.
    – Wipqozn Mod
    Commented May 24 at 10:41

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